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6'ol. XCVII - No. 43

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, November 3, 1986

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1 killed,
2 injured
during
parties
By MELISSA BIRKS
One University student was
killed and two people injured at
local parties last weekend following
pledges by the Ann Arbor Police to
step up surveillance on local
parties.
Two of the accidents were
alcohol-related, according to Sgt.
John King of the Ann Arbor Police
Department. Although fraternity
parties have been the focus of
concern to patrolling officers, the
majority of violations issued this
weekend were to party-goers in
private residences rather than
fraternities. Police issued almost 80
tickets during the third weekend
since the police department added
eight extra officers to break up
rowdy parties, King said.
Stephan Hannagan, a business
school senior, fell head-first to his
death at a party on the 1700 block
of Geddes street early Saturday
morning.
ACCORDING to King,
Hannagan was horseplaying on a
balcony with another party-goer.
Hannagan had grabbed the other
person around the thighs and was
picking him up when he began
moving backwards toward the edge
of the balcony. He lost his balance,
and both fell over. The person
Hannagan was holding grabbed
onto the balcony and was assisted
up by people standing nearby.
Hannagan fell 30 to 40 feet to, the
sidewalk, King said.
Similar circumstances sent a
woman to the University Hospital
with a broken hip aoout one hour
after the accident at Geddes. The
woman, who gave police an out-of-
town address, was partying at a
home on East University and fell
out of a window, King said. She
See STUDENT, Page 5

LSA

wants

underclass
revisions

By PHILIP I. LEVY
A proposal to reshuffle the
governing structure of the College
of Literature, Science, and the Arts
will be presented to the LSA
faculty this afternoon. The plan is
an attempt improve the quality of
education for the University's
freshmen and sophomores.
The centerpiece of the proposal
is a "Council for Collegiate
Studies" which would seek funding
to develop new courses, limit
course size, and better train
teaching assistants, according to
Jack Meiland, LSA dean for long
range planning and curriculum.
Currently, "There is no body in
the college charged with dealing
with the freshman and sophomore
years.. .It's very different from the
junior and senior years where
departments look after the

concentration programs," Meiland
said.
THE PROBLEMS plaguing
the freshmen and sophomores,
according to the proposal, are:,
-Too large a proportion of
teaching being done by teaching
assistants.
.Insufficient space in courses and
few small classes with senior
faculty.
-Lack of a coherent educational
structure or program for
underclassmen.
The proposal, developed by the
LSA Executive Committee, seems
to be following up on a report
issued last spring by the LSA Blue
Ribbon Commission, which spent
three years studying ways to
improve the University's
undergraduate education. That
See LSA, Page 5

Lebanese cap tors
release hostage
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-Shiite Islamic Jibad, the underground
Moslem kidnappers freed American extremist group that held Jacobsen,
hospital administrator. David Ja- still holds two other Americans:
cobsen yesterday after holding him journalist Terry Anderson and
for 17 months and said recent U. S. educator Thomas Sutherland.

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Down and out
Michigan receiver John Kolesar comes up short in his attempt to catch a Jim Harbaugh pass in the first half of
Saturday's Wolverine blowout of Illinois, 69-13. Kolesar broke his collarbone on the play, and will miss the
remainder of the regular season. See related stories on page 10.

moves might lead to release of
other American captives in Le-
banon.
Jacobsen, of Huntington Beach,
Calif., was turned over to U. S.
officials on a street in Moslem west
Beirut. A U. S. Embassy official,
who insisted on anonymity, said
Jacobsen was in good health and
was at the embassy compound in
east Beirut.

Three other Americans were
kidnapped-Frank Reed, Joseph Ci -
cippio, and Edward Tracy-and
other groups claimed to be holding
them. Christian radio stations and
television reported over the
previous two days that six
kidnapped Americans and two of
eight French hostages would be let
go.

Board to clarify
protesters' rights

Baker sues Rep. Pursell

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By BRIAN BONET
The University's Civil Liberties
Board Friday discussed its
obligation to provide a platform for
protesters and ensure them the right
to express dissent on campus.
The board, a unit of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs (SACUA), called a public
hearing on Friday to gather
information for its current study
concerning the rights and limits of
,protesters.
The study includes recommend-

ations on the use of police and
security forces on campus, which
was an issue duringhcampus
protests last fall. The board
recommended placing neutral
observers at protests where police
are called.
Other considerations include
deciding whether increased security
is necessary at protests, providing
programs for University security
officers on how to respond to
protests, and an agreement with
See BOARD, Page 3

By PETER MOONEY
Democratic congressional can-
didate Dean Baker has filed a
defamation lawsuit against
incumbent Carl Pursell (R-Mich.)
for statements Pursell made during
their Oct. 21 debate.
Pursell said in his closing
comments that Baker and his
supporters had "intimidated" his
staff and "decimated" his office
during a political protest last fall.
Baker's lawsuit, filed Friday in
Wayne County Circuit Court,
charges that Pursell's comments
were false and intentionally
damaging to Baker's reputation.
The protesters were conscientious
and cleaned up after themselves,

Baker's complaint stated.
THE SIT-INS last fall, at
which 100 people were arrested,
were held to demonstrate opposition
to Pursell's vote in favor of aid to
the Nicaraguan Contras.
The conflict reflects what has
been a bitter campaign in which
both sides have traded accusations.
Pursell has said that Baker's
campaign distorted his record, while
Baker has characterized Pursell's
statements that he is a socialist as
"McCarthyist tactics." According to
Baker, however, Pursell's recent
accusation "goes well beyond the
bounds of even a dirty, mudslinging
campaign."
Baker said he filed the suit

because he believes that Pursell, in
effect, accused him of violence. In
addition, Pursell refused to
apologize by a deadline Baker had
set last Wednesday.
"I DID NOT want people to
believe I tore up his office and
threatened his staff. He essentially
accused me of violence against his
staff," Baker said.
Repeated attempts to contact
Pursell staff members for comment
were unsuccessful.
Baker Campaign Manager Mark
Weisbrot said the suit was not an
election tactic. "We're responding
to specific, outright lies Pursell
said in the debate," Weisbrot said.
. See BAKER, Page 5

Gold
. . . supports protesters rights

Gay comedian, author says

life's not a drag

By DOV COHEN
It was still relatively early on a Friday morning for
Billi Gordon, and he didn't feel like getting dressed up
for his interview.
So after he pulled his 6' 1", 400-pound body out of
bed, slipping on the clothes he would have to wear for
his book-signing appearance later that day. A red and
white checkered dress, a pair of sunglasses, and a little
lipstick.
Who is Billi Gordon, and why is this former
seminarian and University student wearing a dress?
"I don't consider this drag," says Billi. "This is the
most comfortable way for me to dress."
BILLI, who performs on the comedy circuit and
TODAY-
The Left Stuff

makes television appearances, is enjoying success. His
greeting cards, featuring him in a variety of sassy
poses, have sold more than any other model's. "I'm
like the greeting card queen... so to speak," he says.
And his 1985 cookbook, "You've Had Worse Things in
Your Mouth," has already sold 50,000 copies.
If anyone had told him in high school this would
happen, "I would' have said, "Not even on the
"Twilight Zone. I was a good little Catholic boy. To
me, liberal was being friends with Jamie, a Jewish
girl."
Billi grew up in Dowagiac, Mich. "At that time I
thought I was the only homosexual in the world," he
says. The pattern for kids from his high school was to

go to college, get engaged in the first semester, and get
married, he says.
"(In high school) I was a jock, president of the
student body. I was real concerned with what people
thought. So I had to find an excuse not to get married,"
he says.
That's when he joined a monastery in northern
Minnesota. He lasted there for one semester before
coming to the University in 1973.
"I WENT to college for the sake of being educated,
not for a degree. You don't need a degree to be a
performer," says the former B.G.S. student who says
had a 3.9 grade point average before dropping out- six
credits short of graduation.

"I'm a child of the '60s... I just want to have the
knowledge," he says.
"I'd always been such a goody-two shoes until I left
college...It was time to go the other way," he says. "I
went to Hollywood and became a prostitute. I worked
the street for other straight men as a transvestite. I'm a
very convincing transvestite."
"IT'S AN easy living. The money is good...and
you can do it anywhere," he says of the world's oldest
profession.
But "we grow out of these things. I'm a married
woman now," he says.
Billi met his fiance at a women's softball game.
See GORDON, Page 2
INSIDE
ELECTIONS: Opinion endorses Dean Baker for
Congress. See Page 4.
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touchdown. Before the game, Rags coach Seth
Klukoff, Editor in Chief of the Review, asked
Libels players to take a urinalysis test, but was re -
fused. Klukoff then offered ajar with his specimen '
to the vistors of the game, but the Libels never
picked up .the prize. The Libels are now 2-0,
including their win over the Michigan State Snews

pizza on game day. On Saturday that meant 69
percent off. "We had to close early (Saturday night)
because we ran out of ingredients," said Herschel
Rohr, owner and manager of Gianelli's. Rohr is
still tabulating how many pizzas were dished out
on Saturday, but he estimates that the store took
500 to 600 calls. "The phone never stopped ring -

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